2018 ALA Diversity Research Grant funds project with IU Libraries Education Library Head

June 14th 2018
Image of Julie Marie Frye in the Education Library

Silence or Share: How Bilingual Librarians use Language to Support or Resist Hegemony” (Callar o Compartir: Cómo los Bibliotecarios Bilingües Emplean el Idioma para Apoyar o Resistir la Hegemonía ) has been selected for funding through a 2018 American Library Association Diversity Research Grant (DRG) sponsored by the Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services.

Thanks to $2,500 in grant funds, Julie Marie Frye (Head of IU Libraries Education Library) and her research partner Maria Hasler-Barker (IU ‘13) will hire a research assistant to transcribe previously digitally-recorded reference desk activity from two public libraries in the South. The researchers’ analysis will illuminate the relationship between language and power in bilingual, public library settings through a mixed-methods, applied linguistics approach.

The researchers will identify linguistic power markers and their frequencies and correlate them with social variables to explore power exerted over/taken away from or shared with patrons during reference interactions. The project proposal states that this study fills a critical gap in library science upon which scholarship and praxis can be built to better serve bilingual populations for democratic empowerment. In total, Frye and Hasler-Barker have received $23,500 in research funds to explore and analyze bilingual libraries reference desk interactions.

Recently Julie Marie Frye, primary contact for the funded grant proposal, was recognized by the Latino Faculty and Staff Council at Indiana University Bloomington for her work in partnership with IU Libraries' Luis Gonzalez, Librarian for Latin American, Iberian, Latino, and Chicano-Riqueño Studies. The two, as affiliates of Pueblo A Pueblo, received a 2018 Latino Faculty and Staff Council Distinguished Group/Program Award.


  • Primary Grant Contact: Julie Marie Frye, Ph.D., MLS;  Indiana University Education Library | 1163A 201 North Rose Street, Bloomington, IN 47405  
  • Associated Grant Contact: Maria Hasler-Barker, Ph.D.;  Sam Houston State University Department of World Languages and Cultures |  ABIV 323, Box 2147, Huntsville, TX 77341 


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